Binghamtown Baptist Church
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When someone is sailing a ship through a storm, they need to rely on the navigation instruments provided by the proper authorities. They need to look for the lighthouse beacon shining from the shore. Jesus is the Christian's lighthouse and the Bible is our navigation instrument. Don't make decisions when you are afraid without running to God with your heart. We don't need to be afraid about what man can do to us (Psalms 56:11). God removes our fear and gives us power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).
Running to the world, the flesh, and the devil leaves us powerless, loveless, and mindless. We don't think straight when we don't run to Bible study, church, and spiritual counsel. We don't think straight on the Gospel when we don't run to soul winning and we don't pass out tracts. Jesus not only gives us peace, but He is our peace (John 14:27). Run to the Prince of Peace when you are afraid.
Do what you know you should do and don't do what you know you should not do. Stay close to the Lord and trust in Him during times of uncertainty. Psalms 56:3 states, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
~ Pastor Dale Schwarz, Harbour Light Baptist Church, Orange, CT - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: John 1:38
Read: Joshua 1:5-9
Christ as a means to seek business advantage among the Christian community; they want to sell their goods. Some people come to Christ because their sinful lives have caught up with them publicly; they want to be delivered from the consequences of being caught (e.g. 2 thieves at Calvary - Luke 23, adulterous woman - John 8). Some people come to Christ when they are awakened to the reality of personal sin and they realize that they are accountable to a holy and just God. They seek to soothe a wounded conscience, which makes them feel uncomfortable.
In each case, the Lord Jesus can invariably help you. I have found that He can solve every problem that we can ever face. However, with many people, when the wounded conscience is eased; or when the pain is over; and when the crisis is resolved; many people turn away to their former state. They "...walk no more with Jesus..." because they have achieved their goal and they have found their relief. A man may even become religious as a result of his encounter of need, but in his heart, he turns away from the Lord and as a fool he returns to his folly. But then, there are some people who come to Christ because they want to know Him. These are they who learn to love Him.
~ Pastor Mike Rose, Faith Independent Baptist Church, Logan, WV - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Folks come to Christ for many reasons. Those initial disciples in John 1 were curious about where He lived. Some people come to Christ out of desperation when they find themselves placed in dire straits: such as a debilitating illness, a financial reversal, a sick child, a marital problem, etc. Some people come to Christ to satisfy family or peer pressure -- to please mom and dad or to satisfy a spouse or a girlfriend. Some people come to
sacrifice! Yet the fact is that he believed God is evident by his statement in Genesis 22:5, "I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you."
Joseph had every reason to give up: sold by his brethren, falsely accused of rape, forgotten by the butler he befriended in prison (Genesis 40:1-23). Years later while his brethren stood before him, he revealed the reason God had allowed him to be sold into an alien country, "And God sent me before you to preserve you" (Genesis 45:7).
Daniel was a young man when he was captured and could have turned to the god of the Babylonians, but he remained true to the only living God. What was his reward? Ultimately he became the third ruler of the kingdom, but not before his enemies had him thrown into the lion's den. Be assured while you are going through this trial in your life, our Lord will be by your side. He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee," (Hebrews 13:5).
~ Missionary Darrell Case, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmersburg, IN - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Over the centuries this question had been asked by thousands of people. Asked by people who are hurting because of the loss of a loved one, or the loss of the love of a spouse, parent, or child. Perhaps you've had a traumatic experience happen in your life and you 're asking this question. Abraham on Mount Sinai must have felt real panic in his life. Here was the son he had prayed and waited for for twenty-five years, who God asked him to offer his son as a burnt
What do you do when you are afraid? Where do you turn when fearful circumstances come into your life? There will be more and more fearful events and happenings in our world around us as we get closer to the Lord's return. When we are afraid we should run to God, trusting Him with our heart and life. God is our refuge and shelter through the storms of everyday life. That worldly friend and their un-biblical advice is not what we need when we are afraid.